Clucking good success story

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Blake McFarlane runs Blake’s Chooks and Eggs.
Camera IconBlake McFarlane runs Blake’s Chooks and Eggs. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

A young Mr Barker entrepreneur who turned his love of chooks into a thriving business has been announced as a finalist in the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards.

At just 14, Blake’s Chooks and Eggs owner Blake McFarlane is the youngest finalist for the Elders agriculture award.

With the help of his family, he launched the business last year, and has since captured hearts for triumphing over his dyslexia.

A self-admitted lover of farming, chooks and eggs, he said he was honoured to be recognised for pursuing his passion.

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“It’s a pretty good feeling to be told that I am one of the youngest finalists,” he said.

“I never thought I would be here. All I wanted to be was a farmer, it’s in my blood.

“It’s an amazing lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want your office to be the great outdoors?”

Blake’s business is growing quickly, with new dome structures under construction and a packing shed on the way.

The teen said he had been overwhelmed by the support of the region.

“I hope to inspire other young people to follow their dreams, especially in agriculture,” he said.

“I was lucky to have support from everyone around me. When I was diagnosed as severely dyslexic it took me a while to accept it, but chooks, my family and friends helped me through.

“I’ve had quite a few young people contact me and ask questions. ”

The winners of the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards will be announced at the Pan Pacific Perth on October 17.

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